Brees big winner at ESPYS
2010 ESPY Winners
Arthur Ashe Courage Award: Aplington-Parkersburg (Iowa) High School coach Ed Thomas' family
Jimmy V Award For Perseverance: George Karl, Denver Nuggets coach
Best in Sport
Best Female Athlete: Lindsey Vonn, Olympic skier
Best Male Athlete: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Best Comeback: Kim Clijsters, tennis player
Best Performance Under Pressure: Landon Donovan, soccer
Best Moment: Landon Donovan, World Cup soccer, U.S. vs. Algeria
Best Team: New Orleans Saints
Best Coach/Manager: Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers
Best Game: Canada vs. USA, Olympic men's hockey gold-medal game
Best Championship Performance: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Best Play: Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings
Best Upset: Northern Iowa over Kansas, NCAA tournament
Best Breakthrough Athlete: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Best Record Breaking Performance: John Isner vs. Nicolas Mahut, longest match in tennis history at Wimbledon
Best Sports Movie: "The Blind Side"
College Athletic Program: Duke men's athletics and Stanford women's athletics
Best Baseball Player: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
Best NBA Player: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Best WNBA Player: Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
Best NFL Player: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Best NHL Player: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Best MLS Player: Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy
Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Shaun White, skateboarding/snowboarding
Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Torah Bright, snowboarding
Best Bowler: Walter Ray Williams Jr.
Best Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Best Fighter: Floyd Mayweather
Best Male Golfer: Phil Mickelson
Best Female Golfer: Lorena Ochoa
Best Jockey: Calvin Borel
Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer
Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams
Best U.S. Male Olympian: Shaun White
Best U.S. Female Olympian: Lindsey Vonn
Best Track and Field Athlete: Usain Bolt
Best Male College Athlete: John Wall, Kentucky basketball
Best Female College Athlete: Maya Moore, Connecticut basketball
Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Steve Cash, hockey
Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Amy Palmiero-Winters, track and field
LOS ANGELES -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said it didn't take long for his team to realize what its Super Bowl season meant to the people in the Gulf Coast.
"We were playing more than just football," said Payton, in his acceptance speech for the best team at the ESPY Awards. "We were playing for the region, for our city, beginning in 2006 after [Hurricane] Katrina and culminating this February in Miami."
The Saints and quarterback Drew Brees were the big winners at the ESPY Awards.
Brees received four trophies, including male athlete of the year, on Wednesday night. He also won best championship performance, best NFL player and shared the team award with his Super Bowl-champion colleagues.
"It's hard to beat the Lakers in L.A.," Payton said, hoisting the silver team trophy.
"I'd also like to thank the Who Dat nation," Brees said. "We love you."
Gold medal-winning skier Lindsey Vonn won female athlete of the year honors during the show hosted by "Saturday Night Live" comic Seth Meyers that aired live on ESPN from the Nokia Theatre. She beat out Serena Williams and basketball players Maya Moore of Connecticut and Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury.
"This is coming from the fans," Vonn said backstage. "It's not basketball, tennis or golf. It's not as highly viewed as other sports. To win is a lot more than I expected."
Vonn was also chosen best female U.S. Olympian.
Landon Donovan of the U.S. national soccer team picked up three trophies, for best moment in a World Cup game against Algeria, best MLS player and the performance under pressure award. He didn't join his U.S. teammates backstage.
Meyers worked some jokes about Woods' sex scandal into his monologue.
"We all know which free agent is making the most money this summer -- Elin Nordegren," he said, referring to the golfer's estranged wife.
"Everyone, give it up for Tiger Woods, if you haven't already," Meyers said, drawing one of his biggest laughs.
Phil Jackson of the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers was named best coach and Bryant won best NBA player.
James was booed when a montage of male athlete nominees was shown. He didn't attend the 18th annual awards.
Meyers zinged James' decision to leave Cleveland as a free agent and sign with the Miami Heat.
"Did it really need to be an hour?" Meyers said. "Somebody time me. Miami. How long did that take? A second."
Actors Steve Carell and Paul Rudd spoofed James' hourlong decision special on ESPN in a pre-taped bit that culminated in Carell announcing he had chosen to eat dinner at Outback instead of his longtime haunt Chili's.
Meyers closed the show by saying, "Stay tuned to ESPN for an encore presentation of LeBron James' 'The Decision.'"
The year's best game honor went to the U.S.-Canada gold-medal hockey game at the Vancouver Olympics, won by the host nation.
"A lot of debate about better pass, better catch. That was one heck of a catch," Favre told the audience. "That was just a little blip on the radar of what kind of season we had. At 40, I still felt like I could do it. You guys made me believe it. It was just a magical year."
Favre hasn't announced whether he'll play this season and Lewis appeared alone backstage.
"I really couldn't get a read on whether he's coming back or not," Lewis told reporters. "I hope he comes back."
Denver Nuggets coach George Karl received the Jimmy V ESPY for Perseverance. He missed games and practices last season while battling neck and throat cancer. A thinner Karl appeared well, although he didn't come backstage.
The Arthur Ashe Courage Award went to the Thomas family of Parkersburg, Iowa, for its courage to forgive. In June 2009, coach Ed Thomas was shot and killed in the high school football team's weight room by Mark Becker, one of his former players. Favre presented the award to Thomas' wife, Jan, and sons, Aaron and Todd.
"Without our faith I don't think there's any way we could get through this tragedy," Todd Thomas said.